Davis Farmers Market



Location Location Location
Central Park UC Davis Silo Patio Sutter Davis Hospital
Hours Hours Hours
Sat 8:00AM-1:00PM (year-round) Wed 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (fall/spring quarter) Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (May 16 to Aug. 29)
Wed 4:30PM-8:30PM (mid-Mar-Oct)
Wed 2:00PM-6:00PM (~Nov-mid-March)
Web site Web site Web site
[WWW]http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org [WWW]http://farmersmarket.ucdavis.edu [WWW]http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

The Davis Farmers Market is held Saturday mornings year-round and Wednesdays evenings from spring to fall. Starting in late spring, the Wednesday evening Farmer's Market is called Picnic in the Park and features music and other activities. The Thursday Market—started in 2011 and marking an expansion to West Davis—is held at the entrance to Sutter Davis Hospital. Davis Farmers Market also manages [WWW]UC Davis Farmers Market at The Silo, Spring and Fall Quarters.

The Davis Farmers Market is a must-see for any visitor and a weekly tradition for many residents. The market is held at Central Park, at Fourth and C Streets downtown, rain or shine, and is a [WWW]Certified Farmer's Market... everything sold in the market is either grown or made by the seller, including certified organic produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, and many other quality products. Sample delicious fruit while mingling with vendors and neighbors. The Yolo County Health Department's "no dogs" policy is now being strictly enforced.

  1. Things to Do
  2. Vendors to Visit
    1. Fruits and Vegetables
    2. Meat & Fish
    3. Hot, Prepared Foods
    4. Baked Goods
    5. Cheese
    6. Other food
    7. Crafts and Other Non-food
  3. Organizations to Support
  4. History
  5. Dogs at the Market Issue

Sacramento also has its share of farmer's markets throughout the week, the most popular of which is on Sunday mornings from 8am until noon near 8th and W Streets. It is held under Highway 50 (Business 80), in a state parking lot and has more vendors, more venues to buy non-organic produce, and the prices are generally very reasonable. For more info on Sac-area farmers markets, see [WWW]http://www.california-grown.com/.

Also see Picnic In The Park and UC Davis Farmers Market.

In 2009, the Davis Farmers Market was voted "America’s Favorite Farmers Market." In 2010, it took #2 in the "Large Markets" category. [WWW]http://www.farmland.org/programs/states/ca/davis-farmers-market.asp


Things to Do

fm.jpgOne of many vendors at the Farmer's Market FMFountain.jpg
fmmusicjpg.jpgA common sight at the Farmer's Market; musicians add a lot to the ambiance. fmpark.jpgKids playing in the park

Vendors to Visit

Fruits and Vegetables

fresh_fruit.jpgFresh fruits and veggies are always at the market.

Buying your fruits and veggies locally means that less fossil fuel was burned to get them to you — good for the environment, plus support for local farmers. And it's fun to eat produce that's truly fresh and in season. Fruits include strawberries and apples all year round; in season, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, oranges, cherries, nectarines, peaches, etc. Vegetables include "Heirloom" tomatoes (not just the standard beefsteak), fresh corn on the cob, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms (many varieties), etc.

These will include cherries and apricots, peaches, plums and grapes from ; organic strawberries and eggs from Grow Rite Farms; apple juice from Ratzlaff Ranch; olive oil from Yolo Press; flowers and melons (later in the season) from Yolo Bulb; honey from McDonald Orchard; almonds and almond butter from Cabral Farms; Asian vegetables from Zhey’s Farms.

Meat & Fish

Hot, Prepared Foods

Baked Goods


Other food

Crafts and Other Non-food

There are some official craft vendors at the Farmers Market, and also some vendors in the nonprofit section that sell crafts. (See also the Davis Flea Market.)

Organizations to Support

The market is also a great place for organizations to get their message out and to find new members. Tabling space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis, so organization representatives should arrive early and speak with Davis Farmer's Market organizers. Some paperwork is required once a year, and there's a $20 processing fee. Any organization offering potentially dangerous activities (Rocknasium's climbing wall comes to mind) may need to show that they are insured. It is also recommended that organization representatives bring some form of shade during spring and summer months, as it can be very hot and space under the canopy is reserved for retail vendors on Saturdays and for long-selling vendors on other days.

There's an odd assortment of organizations in this section of the market, including political organizations like the Obama 2012 campaign, nonprofits seeking donations like a group seeking to protect burrowing owls, nonprofits selling things like Davis Dollars, and high school and college student groups seeking volunteers, donations, or study subjects.

The layout of the Farmers Market - food/produce vendors on one end, nonprofits on the other end - leads to the "Farmers Market U-Turn": people frequently make an abrupt u-turn as soon as they realize they have left the food/produce vendor section and have entered the nonprofit section.



The Market was started in 1975 and has always been in central park. During the period of the 1950s to the 1970s, urban based farmers markets in the United States saw a decline. The Davis market was one of the early farmers markets that was part of the 1970's United States urban market revival (often called "greenmarkets" after the New York City project that began a year after the Davis market) and the organizers still continue to advise other communities looking to open their own farmers markets.

Martin Barnes and Jeff and Annie Main were some of the original vendors and organizers. Here is a great article written by Don Lotter about the market and its origins: [WWW]New Farm

The California Federation of Certified Farmers Markets office is located in Davis, CA. For more information on farmers markets, visit [WWW]the USDA website.

Dogs at the Market Issue

There used to be a [WWW]local Labrador rescue that came to the market every week. The Yolo County SPCA also came from time to time. Both were quite popular attractions for children and adults alike, and many animals were adopted — note the number of Labs around town! Then another dog rescue, [WWW]The Dog Spot started coming to the market and also was a big draw that successfully adopted out many animals. To make a long story short, Yolo County SPCA accused The Dog Spot of something (no doubt the real issue was just about turf), and in the end, all dog rescues were banned from the market, supposedly because of "health reasons." Some people think that the people who run the market are anti-dog. After all, other animals visit the market and are petted, such as the pigs on Pig Day. The market just doesn't seem the same without the dogs.

** The above information is FALSE. Yolo County Animal Control investigated The Dog Spot and found numerous code violations including Giardia. The market decided to no longer allow dogs because of the positive tests for Giardia and the risk to the public (the opinion of the market). The Yolo County SPCA Loves the location at Petco and did not have any sort of Turf War. Feel free to call YCAS to verify this information. —Ashley Dunleavy


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2008-11-19 14:44:23   Wait. Where is the Farmer's Market going?! Why no more market after November?—SunjeetBaadkar

2009-05-27 15:21:43   I wish Davis would get a new administrator or manager for the farmers market. The lady that runs this thing is very rude and had 0 personality, Also what is with the 4 corn dogs that taste like 50 cent corn dogs?? why do things cost so much at this market?? I love going to markets but this Davis site needs a upgrade and lower prices period. Please I would love to here from other market goers —Brians

2009-11-20 15:03:04   I agree that things cost more (think Sacramento Farmers Market, Yolo Fruits Stand and Pedrick Produce) here compared to other market. I think it caters to a different clientele (e.g. college students who live locally and don't want to drive, people looking for "heirloom" and organic produce), and especially the people who were just visiting the market for it's festive atmosphere (which I LOVE). It's hard to swallow some of the prices there - e.g. the organic eggs there are $10 a flat, where the eggs from chickens with no hormone, naturally fed are $4 a flat at the SFM. Many farmers couldn't afford to get certified organic because of the high cost and the extra staff involved for paper work, etc, it doesn't mean we shouldn't support them. —val

2010-03-10 23:40:18   Whatever happened to Dave the Free Hug Guy!? I haven't seen him in ages. I want a free hug... —TheShah

2010-03-17 17:43:26   He's still around. Several other free hug competitors have also moved into the free hug market. You now may have a choice of hugs. :-) (Since they are free, try them all!) —IDoNotExist

2010-03-20 13:20:11   the lady who runs the apple juice stall is a bit rude - i know the juice is delicious, but damn, try to be a little polite! —boing3887

2010-04-11 17:22:23   Lots of confusion and disorganization with the bounce houses. The workers aren't sure how/when to take money or tickets, when to let kids in, when and how to get kids out, and how many times a kid can go down a slide. Lots of parents are complaining, but the owner didn't seem to care. The area needs to be free or more closed off with kids wearing a sticker or something to indicate they paid. Also, they need a designated shoe box or rack because shoes get left everywhere and everyone trips over them. —NoelBruening

2010-06-04 16:26:28   I asked the owner of the dried fruit stand at the Davis Farmers Market whether she sells at the Sacramento Farmers Market (because I have friends who live in Sac) and she replied "no". When asked "why" she replied that the people at Sacramento FM are "so cheap". Personally I don't think that's true, considering Sacramento's best chefs, such as Chef Patrick Mulvaney from Mulvaney's Bulding & Loanshop [WWW]frequent that market. I don't think I'll buy from someone who prejudice against shoppers again. —LeeY

* I'm trying to bend my mind around this. So a stall owner says she doesn't go to the Sacramento FM because she isn't making money because of the type of customers there, and you're angry about it because this is "prejudice against shoppers." If she's not making money there, she can decide not to set up there. That's not "prejudice," that's how businesses operate. How scandalous. Let's punish her! —EdwardNiemand

2010-08-04 13:07:03   the Sunday market in Sacramento is way better than either of the Davis ones. aside from the lower prices, the former has way more variety and I've found produce to be a lot fresher. I go to farmers markets for food, not to see pony rides or pig races. that's just not my style. —AsmaMaryamMohseni

2010-08-06 15:12:04   I have some of the BEST memories here. It's always great to go with friends, family or even take a stroll here by yourself (you're usually bound to bump into someone you know). The park is absolutely gorgeous and they've done a lot of nice work with the plantings on the perimeter (towards B street side). Lots of open space to relax and just take it all in!

Some of my favorite things about the Farmers Market are the Wednesday picnic in the park (so nice to see the community having fun and enjoying the nice weather), Fat Face popsicles, Village bakery bread and just the bounty of produce offered there. Good food, nice place :) —AmberMa

2011-03-27 03:56:56   I hit this up as often as I can. I feel deprived if I go more than a week without some Montoya's tamales, real apple juice (the kind you can't see through), and Village Bakery sticky buns... which I'm generally too slow in waking to get my hands on. Alas. That said, yeah, it's more expensive than going to a grocery store but it's also an investment which sees more return every day. By the way, if you want to learn to cook (in general or specifically healthy/organic/vegetarian food), this is a great place to start. Challenge yourself to buy the ingredients you see around you and either come up with recipes on your own or use the great, mysterious internet thing to find something new. It's really interesting and a great learning experience- occasionally tasty, too! —KBathory

2011-05-13 15:25:38   OMG THE CIDER!!! —Dozer

2011-05-14 06:55:03   I saw mulberries in one of the pictures. Does anyone know if they still sell them? —SamL

2011-06-01 15:17:12   I showed up today (wed, june 1) at 2:30 in time to see a few leftover vendors packing to go home. Just a warning to anyone else thinking of making the trek down on a rainy day, I came back damp and without produce. —EdwardRiggins

Oops! Thanks for the heads-up, I went back later and the Loquats were Huge. I'm going back for more today.—EdwardRiggins

2011-12-08 12:07:29   I love Farmer's Market on Wednesday, but what about the food? What other types of food would you like to see at the Farmer's Market on Wednesdays? What price range are you willing to pay? —DjMisschiff

2011-12-14 12:56:20   The Bacon Classic at the Fat Face booth is the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had in my life. —sba

2012-07-14 01:26:20   Krenzel Jewish Folk music at the market on Sat. * [WWW]video on YouTubestonegatebroadcasting

2012-11-03 16:01:31   What happened to Alex the Balloon Man? I haven't seen him in a year or so. —sbyun

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